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    Germany has a new female rabbi. In a recent ceremony and reception at the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Elisa Klapheck, 41, was welcomed into the clerical world by an ecumenical crowd that reflected her own activism and engagement in religious, social and political spheres. More ▸

  • Yoffie Calls for Greater Links Among Reform Jews

    Reform Jews cannot go it alone. That was the message at the Reform movement’s 67th biennial here last week. Despite numerically dominating the North American Jewish landscape, Reform Jews must reach out to other Reform Jews in Israel and Eastern Europe, and fight anti-Semitism by forging closer ties to Christians, said the movement’s president, Rabbi… More ▸

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    A rabbi who recently took up a post in Scotland is believed to be that country’s first female rabbi. Nancy Morris, 41, the spiritual leader at the Glasgow New Synagogue, is a native of Montreal who received her ordination from London’s Leo Baeck College. More ▸

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    Brazil’s first female rabbi took up her post at Rio de Janeiro’s largest synagogue. During last Friday’s Shabbat-evening services, Paraguayan-born Sandra Kochmann, 31, a Conservative rabbi, joined Reform Rabbi Sergio Margulies at the helm of the 1,000-family Associacao Religiosa Isrealita, in Rio de Janeiro. Some 900 people attended the ceremony at the synagogue, which was… More ▸

  • Conservative Rabbinical Assembly to Launch Survey on Women Rabbis

    Are women rabbis hitting the stained-glass ceiling? That’s one of the questions to be asked in a new study by the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, which is undertaking the first study of Conservative women rabbis since the movement began ordaining them in 1985, JTA has learned. “Overall in society, it’s clear that women’s advancement in… More ▸

  • Germany’s Liberal Jewish Community Celebrates Anniversary, Acceptance

    The anniversary of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, in the city where it held its first congress 75 years ago, is being seen as evidence that liberal Judaism has earned a place at the table in Germany’s traditional Jewish community. The four-day Berlin conference, which began on July 10 with an event in the… More ▸

  • Rabbis Come to Berlin on Program Seeking to Build U.s.-german Bridge

    They may be used to answering tough questions, but few American rabbis have faced a room full of German teen-agers curious about everything from theology to politics. “Why aren’t you wearing that cap?” “What does it mean to be chosen, if one can decide to be Jewish?” “I am amazed to see a female rabbi!”… More ▸

  • Reform Movement Accepts Transgendered Rabbinical Student

    The Reform movement’s rabbinical seminary has accepted a transgendered person, paving the way for what is believed would be the first ordination of a rabbi to have switched genders. The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati confirmed this week that it accepted a male rabbinical school applicant who used to be a woman…. More ▸